On Wednesday, October 25,2023 the NCERT panel, led by Chairman C I Issac, suggested swapping 'India' with 'Bharat' in school textbooks and proposed the use of 'classical history' instead of 'ancient history' in the curriculum. Furthermore, the panel has recommended integrating the Indian Knowledge System (IKS) across all subjects in the curriculum. It is worth noting that the Indian Constitution, which serves as the country's highest legal document, employs both 'India' and 'Bharat' within its text.
Bharat is a name with ancient roots. According to Issac, it can be traced back to texts like the Vishnu Purana, which is approximately 7,000 years old. Additionally, Issac mentioned that this committee, among the 25 committees established by the NCERT in 2021 to create position papers on various subjects and themes, has suggested changing 'ancient history' to 'classical history' in textbooks.
The NCERT is updating school textbooks in accordance with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. To accomplish this, they have formed a 19-member National Syllabus and Teaching Learning Material Committee (NSTC) to work on the curriculum, textbooks, and learning materials for these classes.